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Among the toughest and most loyal of France's hard-boiled professional soldiers are the Kabyle tribesmen, the original Zouaves, whose homeland is an arid region in Algeria's remote Djurdjura Mountains. The Kabyles were conquered by the Arabs in the 7th century, and although they became Sunnite Moslems, they have preserved many characteristics of their Berber origin: they are stockier than the Arabs, often have fair skin, ruddy complexion, blue eyes, and they are not afraid of work.

The poverty of their mountain country has driven them to seek employment far afield, not only as soldiers, but as farm laborers, peddlers and small-time traders....

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